Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has effectively dissolved the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Abolishing the agency that catches and expels illegal immigrants has become the challenge of the far left and is accepted by rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Mayorkas’ first memo, Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law, issued on Sept. 30, outlines who, of the approximately 15 million illegal aliens living in the U.S., ICE agents may arrest and put into removal proceedings. Under the pretense of “setting priorities,” Mayorkas limits enforcement to three categories of illegal aliens: Those who are deemed to be threats to national security, such as terrorists and spies; violent criminals; and those who entered the country after Nov. 1, 2020.
According to the Cato Institute (a libertarian think tank that supports mass immigration), a total of 1,485 spies were arrested in the U.S. between 1990 and 2019, of whom 583 were native-born Americans. The Department of Justice reports that between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2016, 402 foreign terrorists were arrested in the U.S.
When it comes to removing violent criminals, Mayorkas’ memo leaves plenty of room for some rather large exceptions. Violent criminals who are of “advanced or tender age,” have resided in the United States for a “lengthy” period of time, have a mental illness, or whose removal would leave dependents behind, are excluded for ICE agents. That makes ICE agents’ job finding a violent criminal, that is not too young and not too old, not mentally ill, and childless, nearly impossible.
“The gravity of an apprehension and removal on a noncitizen’s life, and potentially the life of family members and the community, warrants the dedication of investigative and evaluative effort,” Mayorkas explains.
Also under Mayorkas’ edict, any employers who “exploit” illegal alien workers will be subject to enforcement actions. Companies are now free to hire illegal aliens over American workers, providing they meet certain minimal employment standards – ironic as President Joe Biden himself claims to be an ally of working Americans, frequently citing his blue-collar upbringing and the struggles his own family faced.